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HBO FEATURE .....part one
BIG NEWS FOR BIG BROWN
Post seven for the Preakness
The future home for Kentucky Derby winner BIG BROWN should be announced today. Stud plans for the Boundary colt - who will NOT race after this year according to his owners - are apparently set - rumours from yesterday had THREE CHIMNEYS being the lucky spot.
But the colt has some business to do yet and he is the heavy favourite for SATURDAY'S PREAKNESS STAKES, leg 2 of the Triple Crown. Twelve other colts are in the race but BIG BROWN is a TRIPLE ADVANTAGE BEYER FIGURE horse (his last 3 Beyers are higher than the last 3 of any runner in the race)...
WOODBINE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
A DOVE TALE
DANCE WITH DOVES (A.P. Indy-Dancethruthedawn) was perfectly prepared by the Sam-Som Farm team to win her maiden off a one-year layoff last night in a 1 1/16 mile maiden allowance, her 3rd career start.
The 4yo even stumbled at the start but recovered well, was relaxed off the pace by Robert Landry and powered away to a 3 3/4 length score.
The daughter of a Queen's Plate winner is the first winner of the meeting for Sam-Son Farms, which lost its two owners this year, Elizabeth Samuel and her daughter Tammy Balaz.
Incredibly, the filly was not the favourite and paid a healty 5 to 2 to her backers.
Trainer SAM DISPASQUALE is having a good meeting with his layoff runners. He dropped SARGEANT MATT in for $25K for yesterday's first race and while the gelding got a battle, he got past the front running Stormy Comet and then out-dueled a rallying Blushing Vicar to the wire to win by a head in 1:11.26.
The Ontario bred is by Ascot Knight out of the Dayjur mare Sheffield and was bred by Anderson Farms. The owners are DiPasquale and L. Wilson.
Jerry Baird rode the winner.
A super ride by Steve Bahen on INGLEWOOD DRIVE helped that grey filly win the 2nd race for $40,000 claiming for Kingsway Stables Inc. and trainer Phil Gracey. The Service Stripe-Briartic Princess miss was rated inside just back of a pace duel, moved 2 wide to the leaders on the turn, grabbed the lead and was hand ridden to the wire.
Favoured Hilton Terrace was 2nd and was claimed by Mike Wright.
Two races after the Audre Cappuccitti barn sent out Kiernan's Legacy to finish last in a disappointing outing, it came back to win the 3rd with the 5yo maiden ELIZANNIC, who snuck up the inside and then the rail path in the stretch to win for $19,000 claiming. The Banker's Gold mare (same sire as stakes winner My List) was making her 26th (!!) career start but only her 6th at the 1 1/16 mile distance.
MY LUCKY CHARM was nipped at the wire after making a premature, 4 wide, full throttle move around the turn to clear the field. The Crown Attorney filly was adding Lasix and dropping from MSW to maiden claiming.
Race 5 - A very fast pace took its toll on any gal close to the lead in the $10,000 claiming race for non-winners of 2. The favourite Clairvoyant Miss, never fired, but jockey Danny David got SPICEY DISH (Salt Lake-Buxton Spice) owned and bred by Barb Minshall, in gear to rally for a 1/2 length score at 9 to 2. Huge longshot SURE STAR broke slowly but flew through the stretch to be 2nd. The trainer of the 5th place finisher Out of Session claimed foul on that longshot for the strtech run but it was disallowed.
John and Breeda Hayes' Tethra filly ASKEATON made up for losing as the favourite when overbet for her season debut as she won a maiden allowance in front running fashion last night. The 4yo was making her 5th career start and she had been THIRD in all of her previous 4 races.
She was bred by Bay Ridge Orchards in Ontario and was a $6,700 (US) yearling purchase.
DILLON SAID (In Case) won the 7th at 14 to 1 for trainer Ralph Biamonte. The gelding took advantage of an insane pace duel between a bunch of guys in the 5 furlong dash for $10,000 (21 4/5, 44 4/5) and rallied clear. He had been well beaten in his last start by several he beat last night but he got the better trip and was making his 3rd start off the layoff. Corey Fraser rode a smart race.
HEAR THE BEAT reportedly broke down in the race and was vanned off.
The finale went to the John Cirillo trainee MALIBU MONSTER, winning his maiden for $12,500 in his 19th career start, his 3rd off the layoff. He's a Maryland bred by Malibu Moon.